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What Is a Ball Whisk?

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A ball whisk is one of many different kinds of kitchen utensils in the whisk family. Looking more like modern art than a tool for mixing, each wire on the whisk ends in a weighted ball. This new design for whisks is said to make mixing and washing both easier and quicker.

There are usually twelve beaded wires — eleven long surrounding one shorter wire — which move independently. The weight on the end of each wire makes a cook's strokes more efficient, incorporating air more thoroughly into the food or liquid being beaten. Some cooks report overmixing food the first few times they use a ball whisk, because they are used to a regular wire whisk. However, people are generally able to adjust their strokes fairly quickly.

Along with increased efficiency, the weighted balls and individual wires on this whisk helps it to be effectively used in containers of all different shapes. The beaded wires reach into corners, and work at any angle. They can whip cream or eggs, stir liquid and batters, blend sauces in saucepans, and mix dry ingredients. A ball whisk may be used on the stovetop or in mixing bowls.

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A stainless steel ball whisk is extremely easy to clean. There are no nooks or crevices for batter to get stuck in, making it more sanitary. They are dishwasher-safe, but can also be cleaned easily and quickly by hand. When buying a ball whisk, make sure that the area where the wires attach to the handle is sealed, to keep food and liquids from accumulating in areas that are difficult to clean.

Ball whisks are usually ten to fourteen inches (25.4 to 35.6 cm) long, including a hook at the top for hanging on a rack or the wall. A mini version is usually about eight inches (20.3 cm) long and can be used for mixing or whipping ingredients in smaller containers. As with the larger whisks, the weighted balls vibrate and reach into each corner and edge, shortening whisking time.

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fBoyle
Post 3

I'm not a huge fan of ball whisks. Yes, they look interesting but I don't think they whisk better than a round whisk. In fact, I had a hard time getting used to it and didn't get very good results the first few tries. I also don't like the clanking sound the balls make when hitting the sides of the bowl as I whisk. It's very annoying. I'd much prefer my round whisk.

ysmina
Post 2

@turquoise-- Yes, pretty much. I don't have a balloon whisk. I just have a ball whisk and I use it for any type of mixing.

I actually think that a ball whisk works even better than a balloon whisk for certain uses. For example, I sometimes need to use a whisk to keep the bottom of gravies or sauces from sticking to the bottom. It's fairly difficult to do this with a balloon whisk. But a ball whisk that has silicone covered balls work perfect. They prevent sticking and also lift up anything that's about to stick and mix it back in. The other advantage is that nonstick pans don't get scratched.

So I highly recommend this type of whisk.

turquoise
Post 1

So a ball whisk has the same uses as a regular balloon whisk?

There are different types of whisks out there and I thought that they all served a different purpose. I don't have a ball whisk but it looks like a lot of fun. If I can do everything with it that I can with a balloon whisk, then I'll definitely get one.

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